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Autor:  Dale/RS
E-mail:  dale.thomas@hy.com.br
Data:  20/MAI/2006 12:50 PM
Assunto:  Duvida
 
Mensagem: 

If you use "the", you are talking about something specific.

 

I like classical music. = I like classic music in general.

I like the classical music. = You have played three CDs for me; one had classical music, one had folk music, and one had jazz.  You ask me which of the three I like, and I tell you that I like the classical music.  Am I saying that I like classical music in general?  No.  I'm talking about a specific music, one of three.

 

I like cake. = I like cake in general.

I like the cake. = There are cake, pies, cookies, and puddings on the kitchen table.  The pies, cookies, and puddings are good, but I prefer the cake.  Am I talking about cake in general?  No.  I'm talking about the cake on the table in the kitchen.  It's very specific.

 

I like girls. =  I like girls in general.

I like the girls. = I like the girls that you just introduced me to.  One is called Mary, one Sue Ellen, and one Sandra.  They are very nice and I like them.  There is  nothing general or theoretical about them.  I've met them, I can describe them, and I even know their names.

 

 


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Duvida  –  MARIO/UK  20/MAI/2006, 12:20 PM
ARTIGO - caso especifico  –  MARIO/UK  20/MAI/2006, 12:21 PM
Duvida  –  Ana M  20/MAI/2006, 12:48 PM
 Duvida  –  Dale/RS  20/MAI/2006, 12:50 PM

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